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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Workington Town coaches praised for playing local youngsters

The decision-making of Workington Town coaches Gary Charlton and Martin Oglanby has been paramount in the club’s Championship One success this season, according to chairman Dave Bowden.

Workington Town coaches photo
Martin Oglanby, left and Gary Charlton

Charlton and Oglanby had the confidence to give three local youngsters the chance to prove themselves in the professional game and Brett Phillips (Seaton), Dan Rooney and Jonathan Dawes (both Maryport) have not let their bosses down.

In what is regarded as one of the club’s most important seasons in recent years, with four teams winning promotion to the Championship, Town are currently second in Championship One and needing two wins from their remaining six games to ensure promotion. And the three youngsters have played a very big part in the success story.

“It’s all down to the decision-making of Gary and Martin who had the utmost confidence in the three players,” said Bowden as his side prepares for Sunday’s clash with South Wales at Derwent Park (1pm ko).

“They had full confidence in the trio in a season where promotion is key. The coaches had no hesitation on bringing them in, and Brett, Dan and Jonathan have done a very good job for us.

“Gary and Martin have a great knowledge of the local amateur scene and the players have been given time and patience to settle into a club that is more than capable of bringing them on,” added Bowden. “There’s no doubt that, if we gain promotion, these youngsters can perform at a higher level.”

Bowden also went on to praise the local clubs involved, and said: “It’s also a tribute to amateur clubs Seaton and Maryport. It’s great to see local lads coming through and being able to perform at this level.”

Phillips and Rooney have been almost ever-present in the Town ranks this season, Dawes, who started the season but was then ruled out with a knee injury, now fit again and on the verge of contention.

League leaders Barrow Raiders are just two points ahead of Town in the table but travel to Doncaster on Sunday, before entertaining Whitehaven on Thursday, July 19.

Sunday’s other fixtures see Gateshead entertain Crusaders, while London Skolars travel to Oldham.

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